Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Saturday morning🙂. Enjoy!
1. Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, in a statement issued in Lagos on Friday said that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) would win the 2019 general elections on the basis of its performance, irrespective of what he described as doomsday predictions by some international financial institutions and publications. “Talking about fake news, we expect that those who have been deeply affected by our policies will mount a sustained campaign against this administration in the weeks and months to come. In fact, they have already started. We have all read that the Intelligence Unit of the Economist said the Peoples Democratic Party would defeat the ruling APC in 2019. We have also read that HSBC said Nigeria’s economic development would be stunted if President Buhari gets a second term. Let me state clearly that these reports are based on fake premises and, therefore, qualify as fake news. It is a psychological warfare by those who have been badly hit by our policies,” he said.
2. Senator Ali Ndume, the lawmaker representing Borno South Senatorial District, in a recent statement urged the Nigerian Army to extend its anti-terrorism operations to the fringes of the Sambisa Forest and Mandara mountains to flush out the remaining Boko Haram insurgents in the area. He noted that the Mohammed Nuru’s faction of the Boko Haram was responsible for the recent attacks and they also want money for the release of Leah Sharibu, the only Christian girl among the Dapchi schoolgirls abducted by the group who was not released with her schoolmate over her decision not to convert to Islam. “The stronger ones who still have the audacity to carry out major attacks are those from Mohammed Nuru’s Boko Haram faction that is operating from the fringes, which is the group that we are suspecting got money from the negotiation for the release of the Dapchi girls. Now they are psychologically pressing for more money through propaganda by using Leah Sharibu. Yes, this is true because they must get money to carry out their operations, and the only source of money is the ransom paid to them. But then, the government is in a tight situation,” he said.
3. The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) following the unofficial defection of the Speaker of the National House of Representative, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, said that he (Dogara) must resign or face impeachment. The ruling party noted that the Speaker was aware of the implications of his decision before he took it. “It should be obvious to Dogara that his various anti-party activities have reached a final destination with his reported decision to leave the APC. He became Speaker because he was a member of our party -even though he has not formally told us of his defection, now that he is reported to have left, the right thing for him to do is to vacate the seat,” the APC National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena said.
4. President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the resignation of his Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun. The minister resigned over her fake National Youth Service Corp certificate scandal. Premium Times had revealed that her NYSC certificate was forged. She had however not made any statement since the revelation, not until now. The Minister said that she was shocked when an online medium exposed that her NYSC certificate was not genuine. Consequently, she said because of President Buhari’s administration focus on integrity, she must honourably resign. “I have, today, become privy to the findings of the investigation into the allegation made in an online medium that the Certificate of Exemption from National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) that I had presented was not genuine. This has come as a shock to me and I believe that in line with this administration’s focus on integrity, I must do the honourable thing and resign,” she said in her resignation letter.